Advantage chief executive John McEwan has been appointed chairman of a new group designed to help 14-19 year olds prepare for a career in the travel industry.

The Travel and Tourism Diploma Steering Group will help shape the Travel and Tourism Diploma, a new qualification being developed by sector skills councils GoSkills and People 1st.

McEwan said: “Providing the highest levels of training and education is absolutely paramount if we are to safeguard the future health of travel and tourism in the UK. So I am hugely looking forward to being at the forefront of this new initiative to ensure we fully invest in the people who will be taking our industry to even greater heights.”

Young adults should be able to take the new diploma from September 2010.